burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

kadioguy

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In the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus, it says:

burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

source: https://goo.gl/fD9htp
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What do this sentence and the word 'negotiated' mean?

Would you so kind as to help me?
Thanks!

PS I also posted the same question on this, but all of your answers are unique to me. Hope we can discuss with each other. Thank you.
 

Mister Micawber

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burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

Burros (a kind of equine related to horses) can be carefully led through the canyon (a long deep valley with very steep sides).
 

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I don't agree with this use of the passive here. The burro may negotiate the difficult path, but they are not "negotiated" by some other actor.
 

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I agree with SoothingDave.

At first, since this link goes to a Chinese version of the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus, I thought it might have been a bad translation. However, I checked the English version and that is how they wrote the sentence when describing "canyon".

"Negotiate" in this context means to pick your way slowly through a dangerous pathway.

I would rather see the sentence look something like:

The burros negotiated their way along a rock strewn canyon path.
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It should most definitely be "rock-strewn" in that context, Lynxear.
 
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